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Publication numberWO2007081708 A3
Publication typeApplication
Application numberPCT/US2007/000076
Publication date29 Nov 2007
Filing date3 Jan 2007
Priority date4 Jan 2006
Also published asCA2635921A1, CA2635921C, EP1978884A2, EP1978884A4, US20070154859, WO2007081708A2
Publication numberPCT/2007/76, PCT/US/2007/000076, PCT/US/2007/00076, PCT/US/7/000076, PCT/US/7/00076, PCT/US2007/000076, PCT/US2007/00076, PCT/US2007000076, PCT/US200700076, PCT/US7/000076, PCT/US7/00076, PCT/US7000076, PCT/US700076, WO 2007/081708 A3, WO 2007081708 A3, WO 2007081708A3, WO-A3-2007081708, WO2007/081708A3, WO2007081708 A3, WO2007081708A3
InventorsJack Keith Hilliard
ApplicantJack Keith Hilliard
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External Links: Patentscope, Espacenet
Method for localized heat treatment of orthodontic wires
WO 2007081708 A3
A method for localized heat treatment of a region of an orthodontic wire (20) employs a hot air source (30) having a maximum flow rate of approximately 6 - 10 liters per minute to selectively heat a small region of the wire (20) above a predetermined temperature to change its metallurgical properties while the wire (20) is held in a desired shape by an instrument (10) or fixture. After the wire (20) has been maintained at temperature for the required period of time, it can be released and allowed to cool. For example, these capabilities are well-suited for shape-setting localized regions of austenitic Ni-Ti wire and for stress-relieving and normalizing heavily-worked stainless steel wire.
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Non-Patent Citations
1 *See also references of EP1978884A4
International ClassificationA61C3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61C7/20, A61C7/02, A61C2201/007
European ClassificationA61C7/20, A61C7/02
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